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Formatting External Drive
Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 1:40 AM on 08.26.15
->> I am a MAC user. I need to send a large group of files to a client who wants them on an external drive formatted to work on a PC. What is the best way to do that?
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David Richard, Photographer
Cleveland | OH | USA | Posted: 2:45 AM on 08.26.15
->> This may help:
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 12:04 PM on 08.26.15
->> You should find "Disk Utility" in your Mac's Utilities folder.

Start Disk Utility and then highlight your external drive's name in the column on the left.

Click on the "Erase" tab and then choose "MS-DOS (FAT)" from the drop down menu.

Click on "Erase" and then confirm your decision.

Your external drive will then be formatted for a Windows PC.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 4:38 PM on 08.26.15
->> FAT is fine just keep in mind exFAT allows files over 4GB...

exFAT (FAT64)
Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
Maximum file size: 16 EiB
Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
[*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
Maximum volume size: 2TB
You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
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Colin Hackley, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | USA | Posted: 5:06 PM on 08.26.15
->> If you are buying a new drive and passing the cost onto the client just buy a USB 3.0 travel drive that is formatted to work with Mac and PC. Best Buy, Staples and others offer several versions from Seagate and Western Digital starting around $50.00. Shop the mac compatible section of your vendor and then look for drives that support both. They will be plug an play for you and the client without having to format.
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer, Assistant
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 7:56 PM on 08.26.15
->> how big a drive do you need? I just bought a 128GB flash drive at Costco for about $30
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